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No. 3 Beavers edge No. 8 Jimmies

Dean Stork was disappointed with his team's effort at home, but Minot State coach Wade Regier is a big fan. The perennial ACHA Division I power Beavers earned a 3-2 win at Wilson Arena Friday night, holding off a late rally by the University of J...

Eric Buckley eyes the buck against Minot State's Austin Yano and Eric Bollefer (51) during Friday night's game at Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Eric Buckley eyes the buck against Minot State's Austin Yano and Eric Bollefer (51) during Friday night's game at Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Dean Stork was disappointed with his team's effort at home, but Minot State coach Wade Regier is a big fan.

The perennial ACHA Division I power Beavers earned a 3-2 win at Wilson Arena Friday night, holding off a late rally by the University of Jamestown.

"We're better than that, much better. Our energy tonight sucked," said the UJ head coach. "There just wasn't enough enthusiasm on the ice.

"This is a tough one. We just have to forget about it and move on."

Regier's Beavers led 3-1 on a power play goal by Kyle Lipinski 5 minutes into the third period. The Jimmies shaved the lead to one when Cameron Todd scored with the goalie pulled with 3:30 to go. The Jimmies kept the puck pinned in the Minot end late but were unable to equalize.

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Minot State has won all three meetings between the two teams this season, but it's been a battle every time.

"It's awesome what Dean and the university have done in such a short period of time," Regier said. "This is what we needed. Not just another team, but an instate rival. And for them to already be where they're at is just tremendous on every level."

The Jimmies, carrying a lofty No. 8 ranking in their first year of existence, led 1-0 90 seconds into the game on Bryson Yee's goal. Brett Harris and Garret Browning earned assists.

The Beavers answered quickly to lead 2-1 as Jeremy Johnson scored at 3:03 and Bryce Lipinski notched another one on the power play 4 minutes before the first intermission.

Stork thought his team was timid, but was pleased with this goalie.

"If Tyson's not in net it's probably 10-2 ... he's good," Stork said of Tyson Brouwer, who had 33 saves. "I'm not satisfied. I want to win every game. The freshman thing doesn't work anymore. We have olders players, we just have to play a lot better than we did tonight."

The Beavers, ranked No. 3 in the country, were swept in Arizona last weekend by ASU.

"We're at that point in the season where we're trying to fight through a little bit of a lull," Regier said. "We would've liked to finish off a few more of our chances tonight, but anytime you're able to get a win on the road against a quality team you have to feel good about that."

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The two teams meet again tonight in the Magic City as the Beavers unveil a new 1,800-seat arena.

"It should be a great night," Regier said. "It's a beautiful facility and it's going to be exciting to open it up against Jamestown."

Minot State 3, University of Jamestown 2

First period

1, UJ, Bryson Yee (Brett Harris, Garret Browning), 1:43; 2, MSU, Jeremy Johnson (Austin Yano, Sam Briscoe), 3:03; 3, MSU, Bryce Lipinski (Johl Swedlo), 16:27 (PP).

Second period

No scoring.

Third period

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4, MSU, Kyle Lipinski (Yano, Cole Olson), 5:31 (PP); 5, UJ, Cameron Todd (Trevor Okino), 16:30.

Goalie saves: Minot, Joshua Bykowski 4-15-7--26. UJ, Tyson Brouwer 10-16-7--33.

Penalties: MSU, 4 for 8 minutes. UJ, 8 for 16 minutes.

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